Thomas Fagan Collection (Interviews): Blacklisted Teachers in Los Angeles, 1989-1990

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Register of the Thomas Fagan Collection (Interviews): Blacklisted Teachers in Los Angeles, 1989-1990

Collection number: MSS 042

Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research



Los Angeles, California

Contact Information:

  • Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
  • 6120 South Vermont Avenue
  • Los Angeles, CA 90044
  • Phone: (323) 759-6063
  • Fax: (323) 759-2252
  • Email: archives@socallib.org
  • URL: http://www.socallib.org/
Processed by:
Julia Bazar
Date Completed:
Dec. 2000
Encoded by:
Julia Bazar
© 2000 Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Thomas Fagan Collection (Interviews): Blacklisted Teachers in Los Angeles,
Date (inclusive): 1989-1990
Collection number: MSS 042
Creator: Fagan, Thomas
Extent: 3 folders, 5 audio cassettes
Repository: Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
Los Angeles, CA 90044
Abstract: Audio cassettes and documents from interviews with Blacklisted Teachers by Thomas Fagan.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Tapes and documents donated to library by Thomas Fagan.

Access

The collection is available for research only at the Library's facility in Los Angeles. The Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Researchers are encouraged to call or email the Library indicating the nature of their research query prior to making a visit.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. Researchers may make single copies of any portion of the collection, but publication from the collection will be allowed only with the express written permission of the Library's director. It is not necessary to obtain written permission to quote from a collection. When the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research gives permission for publication, it is as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thomas Fagan Collection (Interviews): Blacklisted Teachers in Los Angeles, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles, California.

Biography

Historical Context: Blacklisting and the McCarthy Era

The individual collections within the Blacklisted Teachers in Los Angeles Collection share a common historical framework, the Anti-Communist fervor of the Cold War Period and what is commonly referred to as the McCarthy Era. After the end of World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in the ideological battle known as the Cold War. The identification of communists and other radicals through the use of federal and state legislative investigative committees and the punishment of those identified through firing and blacklisting comprised a successful U.S. tactic. The investigations spread from federal and other government employees to the entertainment industry, the professions, labor unions, and the private sector. The major players in these campaigns included, on the Federal level, Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). In California major players included California State Assemblyman (later State Senator) Nelson S. Dilworth, and State Senators Jack B. Tenney and Hugh M. Burns. All three served on the Joint Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities in California (1945) and first Tenney and later Burns chaired the [California] Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities. Of special note are the Levering (1952) and Dilworth (1953) Acts. The Levering Act made refusal to fully cooperate with any state committee grounds for firing a teacher and the Dilworth Act gave local school boards investigating authority and also required that all teachers sign an oath denying any Communist affiliation.

Collection

Thomas Fagan interviewed three prominent people involved with the McCarthy Era blacklisting of Los Angeles teachers for an Oral History class project at California State University Northridge in 1990.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the original interview tapes, deed of gift, description of interview, list of questions, and a detailed table of contents for each interview. There are no transcripts of these interviews. The three interviewees are blacklisted teachers Ruth Bishop and Florence Sloat, and attorney John McTernan.

Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically by interviewee.

Related Material at the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research

Title: Frances Robman Eisenberg: Blacklisted Teachers in Los Angeles,
Date: 1928-1995
Physical Description: 4 boxes and 1 oversize box
Title: Abraham Minkus Papers: Blacklisted Teachers in Los Angeles,
Date: 1945-1983
Physical Description: 4 boxes
Title: Florence Sloat Papers: Blacklisted Teachers in Los Angeles,
Date: 1959-1991
Physical Description: 1 box
Title: Greg Goldin Collection (Interviews): Blacklisted Teachers in Los Angeles,
Date: 1977
Physical Description: 1 box, 15 audio cassettes
Title: Ellen Chase Verdries Collection (Interviews/Paper): Blacklisted Teachers in Los Angeles,
Date: 1992-1996
Physical Description: 1 (half) box
Title: Jean Benson Wilkinson Papers: Blacklisted Teachers in Los Angeles,
Date: 1953-1955
Physical Description: 1 folder
Title: Los Angeles Teachers Union Collection,
Date: 1933-1982
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Title: Dorothy Doyle Collection (Interviews): Blacklisted Teachers In Los Angeles,
Date: 1986
Physical Description: 1 audio tape
Title: Clipping Collection: Blacklisted Teachers in Los Angeles,
Date: 1967-1982
Physical Description: 1 folder

Collection Contents

Box-folder 1/1

Ruth Bishop [two cassettes], 1990

Box-folder 1/2

John McTernan [two cassettes], 1989

Box-folder 1/3

Florence Sloat [one cassette], 1990